Cillian Murphy tackles Irish 'shame' with Berlin fest opener

February 15, 2024

Murphy plays a devoted father of five daughters who unearths shocking secrets about the convent in his town linked to one of the Magdalene laundries. Most of the Magdalene laundries' residents were ostracised "fallen women" who had become pregnant outside marriage. More than 10,000 women were forced to work at the sites from the 1920s until the 1990s. Irish authorities released a 1,000-page report on the laundries in 2013 and then-prime minister Enda Kenny apologised to the victims, as did those who ran the laundries. It will feature new movies from A-list stars including Kristen Stewart, Adam Sandler, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rooney Mara and Isabelle Huppert.